The Madras High Court Monday dismissed a petition seeking reservation in educational institutions for children born to physically challenged people.
A division bench of Justices S Manikumar and P T Asha said "the rule does not provide any reservation for children of the physically handicapped."
According to petitioner, three per cent of the total available seats for admissions will be "horizontally reserved for differently-abled children as per provisions of the Disabilities (Equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation) Act, 1995.
"Though the reservation is available, these seats are not filled which is the ground reality," he said.
It is very difficult for physically challenged parents to give moral support to their children as well as to assist them, especially at the primary and secondary school level, the petitioner said.
"Unlike normal parents they are unable to take their children to school, tuition and to play ground. This is causing serious repercussions and rather create inferiority complex at the earlier stage of the lives of children," he said.
Hence, the petitioner sought an instruction directing the Centre to provide some reservation for the children born to physically challenged parents.
Dismissing the petition filed by L K Venkat, the court said the direction sought for is "contrary to the very object of the statute...
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